A SHORT GUIDE TO KRIS STATLANDER

Back in June of 2020, Kris Statlander suffered an ACL injury that was to keep her out of action for close to 9 months. This was to leave a massive gaping hole in AEW’s women’s division, one which has suffered with growing pains since the inception of the company. Statlander is considered one of the most promising talents in women’s wrestling in any company currently.

After making her return recently on Dynamite, attacking Penelope Ford during the Arcade Anarchy match between Orange Cassidy/Chuck Taylor vs Miro/Kip Sabian, now seems like the perfect time to take a look back at Statlander’s career to date.

After working as a professional stunt double, Statlander joined Create A Pro Wrestling Academy, situated in Hicksville New York, where she was trained by Pat Buck and Curt Hawkins. She then went on to become the first female graduate of the academy in 2016.

Statlander’s first significant television appearance came in April of 2019 when she teamed up with Karissa Rivera on Smackdown to take on the then-current WWE Women’s tag champions Peyton Royce and Billie Kay.

Before signing a full time contract with All Elite Wrestling in December of 2019, she made her debut on AEW Dark in a losing effort, teaming with Big Swole against the team of Riho and Britt Baker. Since becoming a full time member of the AEW roster, Statlander has already received two shots at the AEW women’s championship against Riho and Nyla Rose. After a short feud with Brandi Rhodes and the Nightmare Collective, her momentum was then unfortunately cut short due to the ACL injury in March of 2020.

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INDEPENDENTS

Despite only having a short career on the independent wrestling scene, Statlander pretty much won gold wherever she wrestled. Her most notable appearances on the scene came with wrestling in companies like AAW, Create A Pro Wrestling, Beyond Wrestling, and the New York Wrestling Connection. At the time of writing, Statlander is still listed as the AAW Women’s champion due the company only being able to run shows sporadically due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In 2019, Sports Illustrated listed her as number 6 out of 10 in the best female wrestlers of year, and in 2020 she was then listed at number 32 in the PWI top 100 female wrestlers of the year.

TITLES

AAW Women’s Championship x 1 – AAW

CAP Television Championship x 1 – Create A Pro Wrestler

Independent Wrestling Championship x1

NYWC Starlet Championship x 1 – New York Wrestling Connection

After joining forces with the Best Friends and Orange Cassidy, the future looks bright once again for one of the most talented women on the AEW roster. One has to believe that after a few months, Kris Statlander will once again find herself in the title picture.

AUTHOR:  CRAIG SMITH
AUTHOR: CRAIG SMITH 

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